The sure thing is that URL shortening services have been tremendously useful over the last year, especially with Twitter going nuts in 2009. Apart from that, they are very handy when it comes to mobiles and the mobile (r)evolution going on the last years. From TinyURL to Bit.ly people have trusted such services for tr.imming and sharing even the most obscure urls around the globe.
Well, after the huge success of TinyURL and Bit.ly now its time to get serious about this. According to Inside Facebook, Facebook has developed its own URL shortener in order to make its long urls more accessible. Moreover, Google announced a few hours ago its own URL shortener which only works for Google Toolbar and FeedBurner for the time being. As they said:
Google URL shortener is not a stand-alone service; you can’t use it to shorten links directly. Currently, Google URL Shortener is only available from the Google Toolbar and FeedBurner. If the service proves useful, we may eventually make it available for a wider audience in the future.
What if Google decided to make its own url shortener an open stand-alone service? What do you think?